Learning Together

Our new Digital Portfolio platform Learning Together has started this year and sees every student in Year 5 and 6 having their own online presence as they learn the importance of media literacy, citizenship and developing a positive digital footprint. With the pervasiveness of the web, the importance of learning how to navigate the internet in safe, effective and ethical ways has never been more important.

Under the guidance of their teachers, students in Year 5 and 6 this year are essentially managing their own website, and in the process developing skills of web design, writing, reading, communication, collaboration, confidence and cyber awareness all whilst showcasing their learning to authentic audiences. Having their own online digital portfolio supports students in the process of goal setting, student-led conferences and in a variety of their classes. The meta-cognitive benefits of reflection aside, portfolios provide learners an opportunity to critically examine their own experiences and thoughts and to interact with others as they develop an understanding of the technologies that underpin the Web. Their digital portfolios can be used for blogging, archiving work that they are proud of, showcasing artwork, videos that they have created and a myriad of other uses only limited by their imaginations.

A staged roll out has us anticipating that by 2017, each student from Year 4 to Year 10 at our College will have a digital portfolio that follows them throughout their time at the College and has a unique identifier accessible on the web. Ensuring parents are on board has been key as has students managing their own privacy settings and personally maintaining the look and feel of their portfolio. The ability to export their content easily when finishing Year 12 to be used in the tertiary admission process or in future work endeavors has also been a key point in communicating with our parent body.


It’s only in it’s infancy but I warmly welcome you all to visit Learning Together and maybe leave a comment for one of our students.

8 Things We Must Change

The inertia of a broken system often defaults to a reason for apathy, despair and inaction. At every crossroad, every junction and every pathway that leads to the future, we have a choice to be opposed by the thousands that guard the past or to push through, take action and create our own future.

Creating this future requires that;

  1. We change our attitude. By suspending our biases and disassociating with the way things have always been done, we can break free of the apathy and excuses bred of a broken system.
  2. We change the idea that one school should be just like another. Schools should be unique, not uniform. The system then exists not to strengthen itself, or to instruct others on what to do, but to strengthen the courage of the individual school in making itself a place of distinct identity.
  3. We change the notion that the school is a closed institution by breaking down it’s walls and having it come into direct contact with people. Real people. This includes parents so that we can all move beyond the thought of school as a place where children obey and memorize.
  4. We change our attitude towards the child. We are all teachers and all learners.
  5. We change the concept of having to cover the curriculum. A curriculum isn’t something that you pick up off the shelf and rigidly enforce or impose on kids. The value of any curriculum is as a framework for creating memorable learning experiences that are real, relevant and authentic. This changes our obsession with trying to assess everything. We don’t need to.
  6. We change school discipline ideas so that it gives place to self-discipline.
  7. We change the belief that the senior years of school are more important and that the teachers of older students are superior teachers. Every single year of education is important. None more so than another. This will be increasingly true as formal education models will morph and change in response to societal and environmental factors.
  8. We be confident in our “product” and not bow to external pressures whether they be real or perceived.

A difficult but not impossible task.